Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /ɪntʃ/

Translation of inch in Spanish:


  • pulgada (feminine) ([ 2,54 centímetros ]) two inches of rain/snow dos pulgadas or [colloquial/familiar] cuatro dedos de lluvia/nieve his strength makes up for his lack of inches lo que no tiene en estatura lo compensa en fuerza I need to lose a few inches around the waist tengo que adelgazar un poco de cintura I was within an inch of getting that job estuve a un paso or en un tris de que me dieran el trabajo I've searched every inch of the house he buscado hasta en el último rincón de la casa inch by inch (with great attention to detail) the police searched the house inch by inch la policía registró la casa palmo a palmo (slowly) inch by inch the car slid into the river el coche se deslizó palmo a palmo en el río he looked every inch the English aristocrat de pies a cabeza parecía el típico aristócrata inglés she wouldn't budge o give an inch no cedió en lo más mínimo, no cedió ni un ápice or milímetro give them an inch and they'll take a mile les das la mano y te toman or (especially Spain/especialmente España) te cogen el brazo
    Example sentences
    • A meter is about three feet and three inches and a kilometer equals about six tenths of a mile.
    • Arriving there, Legrand noted one particular ledge about twelve inches wide and eighteen inches long, several feet below the top of the rock.
    • Progress can be slow; you measure it in inches and feet, not miles or kilograms.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • moverse* lentamente or paso a paso to inch forward avanzar* lentamente or paso a paso to inch out salir* poco a poco

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • to inch one's way avanzar* lentamente we are inching our way toward a solution estamos avanzando lentamente hacia una solución

Definition of inch in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day arpa
harp …
Cultural fact of the day

Radio broadcasting in Spain began in the 1920s. The state-run Radio Nacional de España (RNE) was established during the Civil War. There are many private radio stations and they compete fiercely. Radio personalities are paid huge salaries, out of which they employ the staff for their programs.